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Are there side effects of germ cell tumor removal surgery?

Side effects of childhood extracranial germ cell tumor removal surgery depend on the sex of the patient and the type and location of the tumor. Tumors removed from the testicles or abdominal lymph nodes in males may result in difficulty ejaculating. Surgery to remove cancerous ovaries in females may result in infertility; surgery to remove the entire cervix (total hysterectomy) necessarily results in inability to carry a pregnancy. Any time you undergo surgery you run the risk of infection, bleeding, and pain.

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